Associate Professor of Professional Practice


Specialized Journalism (MA)
Journalism (BA)


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Associate professor Alan Abrahamson is an award-winning sportswriter, best-selling author and in-demand television analyst.

Since 2010, Alan has run his own website, 3 Wire Sports, widely regarded as the world’s best source of information about the sports, politics, business and culture of the Olympic movement. From 2006-10, he served as chief columnist at Before that, he spent 17 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times.

The 2018 PyeongChang Games marked his 10th Olympics.

Alan co-wrote Michael Phelps’ and Apolo Ohno’s books; both are New York Times’ best-sellers.

As a columnist for, Alan is the winner of three Sports Emmys (2016, 2014 and 2008 Games). Other winning honors include: AP Sports Editors’ award for enterprise reporting; National Headliner Award for sports writing; international aquatics federation’s first-ever World Journalist Award; Track and Field Writers of America’s award for excellence in online journalism.

Alan developed and supervises a USC Olympics Young Reporters initiative that sees students travel the world as fully accredited working journalists to, in sequence, the world swim championships, world track and field championships and Olympic Games. 

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Course Titles

JOUR 571 21st Century Sports Storytelling


JOUR 574 Sports and Society

JOUR 350 Introduction to Sports Media

JOUR 441 Sports Reporting

JOUR 307 Reporting and Writing II